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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

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    Except that according to the article, unlike the Obama administration, the Attorney General's office in Pennsylvania was created with the duty to uphold the constitutionality of the law. I can still read it as her doing her best to defend it by not giving a half-hearted attempt and allowing its defense to rest on the Governor's lawyers. But it is not as cut and dry as Obama's non-defense of DOMA.
    Yes, but she's allowed to delegate the defense to an underling, which is precisely what she's done.

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    Under Pennsylvania law, it is the attorney general's duty to defend the constitutionality of state laws. The law, however, says the attorney general can allow lawyers for the governor's office or executive-branch agencies to defend a lawsuit if it is more efficient or in the state's best interests.

    Kane, who supports same-sex marriage, said she will leave the job to Corbett, who opposes same-sex marriage.
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

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    Yes, but she's allowed to delegate the defense to an underling, which is precisely what she's done.



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    I agree with you, it just isn't quite the same non-story as Obama's non-defense of DOMA.
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I agree with you, it just isn't quite the same non-story as Obama's non-defense of DOMA.
    She doesn't want to defend the constitutionality of the law, so, as law demands, she's left it to an underling. So where's the story?

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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    She doesn't want to defend the constitutionality of the law, so, as law demands, she's left it to an underling. So where's the story?
    I meant that it isn't the exact same situation. There is a slight difference between the Obama administration's duties and the Pennsylvania attorney generals. Really we're just splitting hairs, I agree with you.
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    I meant that it isn't the exact same situation. There is a slight difference between the Obama administration's duties and the Pennsylvania attorney generals.
    Not in the sense that both were operating within the law.

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    Really we're just splitting hairs, I agree with you.
    Okay.

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    Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend gay marriage ban

    WOOOOWHOOO!
    looks like things are setting up in my state so it will be among the group next in line to have legal gay marriage, grant equal rights and stop discriminating.

    Makes me proud and happy, just like when we got castle laws



    Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend gay marriage ban


    Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend gay marriage ban
    "We are the land of the free and the home of the brave, and I want to start acting like that," Kane said at a news conference Thursday in Philadelphia. Kane, a Democrat, said she believes the state's law is unconstitutional and can't in good conscience defend it.
    Ms. Kane, a Democrat, traveled from Harrisburg, where the suit was filed in Federal District Court on Tuesday, to make her announcement at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. She quoted from Pennsylvania’s Constitution forbidding discrimination “against any person” and said that “disparate treatment” based on race, religion and ethnic origin were no longer tolerated, and “it is now the time here in Pennsylvania to end another wave of discrimination.”
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    State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Much as I think lawyers should be able to advocate for positions they disagree with - having her defend the law could taint a decision that invalidated it.
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    That is a violation of her duty and she should be removed.
    factually false, why do you make stuff up?
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

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    State attorney general won't defend gay marriage ban | TribLIVE



    I very much respect this woman for standing up for her principles. I believe she should leave her job because it is her job to defend the state's laws. However, great to see her standing up for what she believes is right. Tough call on her part.
    no the law says she can pass this on to others, she did nothing wrong
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    Re: State attorney general won’t defend gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by AGENT J View Post
    factually false, why do you make stuff up?
    Is it not the State Attorney's duty to defend the law? Is that not their job? If I'm wrong I am wrong, but that is what I understand it to be.
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